China taps influencers to counter perceived negative Western narrative

Chinese social media personalities (from left) Li Jingjing, Jessica Zang and Rachel Zhou are China Global Television Network employees who had appeared in the state broadcaster’s videos.
Chinese social media personalities (from left) Li Jingjing, Jessica Zang and Rachel Zhou are China Global Television Network employees who had appeared in the state broadcaster’s videos.PHOTOS: LI JING JING/FACEBOOK, JESSICA ZANG/FACEBOOK, MISS WOW/FACEBOOK

BEIJING - Calling herself a traveller, journalist and lie debunker on Twitter, Chinese social media personality Li Jingjing has made it her mission to aggressively push back against misconceptions about her country, especially those on the western region of Xinjiang.

"What inspired American politicians and CIA-funded puppets to come up with the lie 'forced labour picking cottons in #Xinjiang'?" she asked in one Twitter post on March 25, referring to the Central Intelligence Agency.

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